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Mountain Campion - Silene hitchguirei
Other Names:  Lychnis apetala var. montana, Silene uralensis ssp. montana

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5TNR
State Rank: SU
C-value: 8

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General Description
Taprooted perennial. Stems erect, glandular-hairy, 2–8 cm. Leaves: basal numerous, glabrous to short-hairy, oblanceolate 1–4 cm long; cauline few, reduced, linear. Flowers solitary, erect; calyx elliptic, glandular, purple-veined, not inflated, 7–10 mm long; petals white to pink, the blade 2–3 mm long, shallowly bilobed; styles 5. Capsule opening by 5 slits, equaling the calyx (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AB to UT and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 6

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Stony granitic or volcanic soil of fellfields, turf; alpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
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